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Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle
Washington Post ^ | 10/20/2013 | Peter Wallsten

Posted on 10/20/2013 6:37:47 PM PDT by markomalley

Almost no elected Republicans support giving gays the right to marry. The party’s influential social-conservative wing sees “traditional marriage” as a defining issue. And while most major Democrats are rushing to embrace same-sex marriage, none of the most prominent potential Republican presidential candidates have taken that step.

But a powerful group of Republican donors, who see the GOP’s staunch opposition to gay rights as a major problem, is trying to push the party toward a more welcoming middle ground — where candidates who oppose marriage rights can do so without seeming hateful.

The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, a hedge fund executive whose son is gay, and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who revealed his homosexuality in 2010, long after he had left the GOP leadership.

Singer’s advocacy group, the American Unity Fund, has been quietly prodding Republican lawmakers to take a first step toward backing gay rights by voting for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The measure, which is expected to come to the full Senate for a vote as early as this month, would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Singer’s group recently hired as lobbyists two former GOP lawmakers, Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) and Norm Coleman (Minn.), who say they oppose same-sex marriage but support workplace protections for gays.

Armed with new polling data and talking points, organizers are coaching lawmakers and potential candidates on politically smart ways to talk about gay rights to reassure general-election voters while not alienating core conservatives.

A softer GOP approach, they argue, would boost the party’s chances with young voters, women and centrist independents, all of whom tend to be supportive of gay rights and have drifted away from the party.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: Minnesota; US: New York
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I would throw a "barf alert" on this and make a snide comment about the Compost…

…but, sadly, I see this happening...efforts from the GOPe and their funders to make the GOP into a pro-homosexual, pro-abort political party.

1 posted on 10/20/2013 6:37:47 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

They should just to to pushing in stools.


2 posted on 10/20/2013 6:38:55 PM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: markomalley

Quit the GOP. It’s on the only way. The GOP has either already left you anyway, or is in the process of doing so.


3 posted on 10/20/2013 6:40:48 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: markomalley
Republicans do this, they can kiss conservative Evangelicals goodbye.

More "advice" from the Compost.

4 posted on 10/20/2013 6:42:08 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: markomalley; alphadog; infool7; Heart-Rest; HoosierDammit; red irish; fastrock; ...
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Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

5 posted on 10/20/2013 6:42:27 PM PDT by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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To: Wilderness Conservative

Norm Coleman has drunk the koolaid. Pretty sad from a solid conservative who got cheated out of an election.


6 posted on 10/20/2013 6:43:23 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: markomalley

Won’t happen.

Oh, I can maybe see a few current lawmakers going full homo, but not ones who would be reelected.

Yet another group of plutocratic dirtbags trying to pander to their own personal problems by sneaking around and jumping our representatives with their stupid polls. Someone give these morons the shaft.

And by that, I mean the elevator shaft.


7 posted on 10/20/2013 6:43:38 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Wilderness Conservative

Dont they flip the bar stools upside down in a crowded gay bar so they can get 3 or 4 to a seat?


8 posted on 10/20/2013 6:44:47 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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The anus does not equal the vulva.


9 posted on 10/20/2013 6:45:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: markomalley

“Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle”

EEEEEWWWWWW! There’s an image I could do without!


10 posted on 10/20/2013 6:46:13 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Gene Eric
How to speak San Franciscan....


11 posted on 10/20/2013 6:49:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: markomalley

Quiet?

Did they really say “quiet”?


12 posted on 10/20/2013 6:49:47 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: markomalley

I am going to plant my flag on this hill and fight against gay marriage. We cannot let the homosexuals advance their agenda beyond this point. Next comes pedophilia, beastiality, and who knows what else. This is the hill to die on.


13 posted on 10/20/2013 6:50:20 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: markomalley

If the republican party moves any more toward the middle they’ll be far left.


14 posted on 10/20/2013 6:54:28 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: markomalley

A number of them push the gay agenda here as part of the libertarian agenda.

There are many threads promoting the idea of accepting social liberalism.


15 posted on 10/20/2013 6:54:48 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: markomalley
I don't care who the donors are, or how big or how many.
Three issues define my support for the GOP OR ANY NEW PARTY THAT SERIOUSLY FIGHT FOR CONSERVATISM AND CONSTITUTIONAL RULE OF LAW.

My three issues are:

1. Significantly smaller government and corresponding significant reduced spending now and in the future.
2. Immigration reform which does not reward illegality, criminality and does not in any way succumb to threats.
3. Relaxed attitudes towards perverts; they leave the rest alone and we don't care what they do. However, uncompromising rejection of the word, Marriage being used, legally as anything other than between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN!

Good luck to the GOP, and to us all.

16 posted on 10/20/2013 6:55:04 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: markomalley; aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; ...
The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, a hedge fund executive whose son is gay,

Parents of gays will wreck any institution in order to "redeem" the lifestyle of their offspring.

Herbert Chilstrom, first Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) relentless and unrepentently pushed the gay agenda on the ELCA in order to vindicate his gay son who had committed suicide while in college.

17 posted on 10/20/2013 6:55:07 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: markomalley
The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, a hedge fund executive whose son is gay,...

If his son was boinking sheep, would Singer be claiming we should celebrate bestiality?

18 posted on 10/20/2013 6:59:07 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: markomalley

bookmark


19 posted on 10/20/2013 6:59:59 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: sportutegrl
This is the hill to die on.

I'm already mortally wounde but I don't care....going down fighting.

20 posted on 10/20/2013 7:00:28 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: sportutegrl
This is the hill to die on.

I'm already mortally wounded but I don't care....going down fighting.

21 posted on 10/20/2013 7:00:52 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: lightman

Speaking of gay and bishop...

22 posted on 10/20/2013 7:03:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Obama's favorite game is Pin the Fail on the Honkey!)
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To: markomalley

With more and more Americans living in states where Gay Marriage has been forced upon them by judges, legislatures and homosexual voters, the more opposed the normal folks will be to Gay Marriage.

Under these dire circumstances, it is imperative that the GOP place a Pro Family anti Gay Marriage plank at the center or their platform and that every GOP candidate make opposing Gay Marriage at the center of their campaign.

The GOP must have all their elected officials pass a Anti Gay Marriage Amendment to the US Constitution.


23 posted on 10/20/2013 7:05:43 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: markomalley

Why are they so intolerant of our beliefs?


24 posted on 10/20/2013 7:07:29 PM PDT by struggle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aye, Gene Robinson was “consecrated” by the Episcopalians in 2003 and the ELCA followed precisely ten years later with the election of Guy Erwin to be “Bishop” of one of its California Synods.

Quotes used because I believe both elections/elevations to be contrary to Scripture and therefore invalid.


25 posted on 10/20/2013 7:15:50 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: VerySadAmerican
If the republican party moves any more toward the middle they’ll be far left.

A clearly flawed analogy. They are already to the left of the middle.
Moving toward the middle is exactly what the GOPe must do to survive!

26 posted on 10/20/2013 7:15:54 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: DuncanWaring
If his son was boinking sheep, would Singer be claiming we should celebrate bestiality?

The answer is, of course, yes.
That is why accepting the false conclusion that not supporting a pathology is exactly the same as opposing it, or condemning it.
The pervert goal, of course, is to force normals not only to accept perversion, but to support and promote it morally and financially.

NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

In the late 70s, the perverts' whine was, "All we seek is a little tolerance."

How has that worked out?

27 posted on 10/20/2013 7:25:30 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911

What was once known as “The love that dare not speak its name” has become “The love that won’t STFU”.


28 posted on 10/20/2013 7:34:43 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: markomalley

When any liberal talks about “the middle”. they really mean to the left.


29 posted on 10/20/2013 7:36:22 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: markomalley

When any liberal talks about “the middle”. they really mean to the left because the middle has proven time and again that they are against gay marriage.


30 posted on 10/20/2013 7:37:26 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: ansel12

Which of course results in fiscal liberalism/statism.


31 posted on 10/20/2013 7:38:01 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: markomalley

We’ve already got one pro-abort, pro-homosexual political party. A 2nd one is unnecessary.


32 posted on 10/20/2013 7:39:22 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: lightman

Didn’t millions of folks just rush to join the ECUSA and ELCA after they did so? Nope. The GOP can expect the same “success” if they do the same.


33 posted on 10/20/2013 7:41:36 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: DuncanWaring

Of course he would.


34 posted on 10/20/2013 7:42:27 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: lightman

How will that work out for him when he finally stands before God at the final judgment?


35 posted on 10/20/2013 7:43:47 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan
How will that work out for him when he finally stands before God at the final judgment?

Ezekiel 34 gives a preview.

36 posted on 10/20/2013 7:49:19 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: markomalley

The amount of pro-gay GOP legislators is sufficient that no push back against the homosexual agenda is possible in national politics. DADT reinstatement? Not happening, Romney and Ryan would not touch it. Hate crime law repeal? Nobody even remembers that. Federal Marriage Amendment? Failed nearly a decade ago, would not get 30 votes in the Senate today. The Supreme Court has semi-legalized gay marriage, will fully legalize soon, barely a peep from the GOP.


37 posted on 10/20/2013 7:51:47 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: Oliviaforever

As far as I can tell, Iowa is the only state where gay marriage is legal but opposed by the majority of citizens. The other states with homosexual marriage are pro-gay and are becoming more so, not less so with time.


38 posted on 10/20/2013 7:55:33 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak

If the GOP promote homosexual marriage, then they are dead as a party. It’s the Christians and evangelicals who are the back bone of this party.

If they turn on their base, its over.


39 posted on 10/20/2013 7:57:41 PM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (My dream ticket is Cruz/Rubio 2016)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Norm Coleman was never a solid conservative, and he was too cowardly to fight back. I would imagine he admires his successor. People in MN can never get enough of the liberal Kool-Aid.


40 posted on 10/20/2013 8:01:30 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

The GOP abandoned the family a long time ago. When is the last time you heard the Federal Marriage Amendment discussed? What did Romney and McCain say about the homosexual agenda? Even FR favorites like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz basically ignore the issue in favor of economic matters.


41 posted on 10/20/2013 8:01:38 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: lightman

The American people don’t believe they will stand before God in the final judgment; see themselves as “the elect”. And elect they do, liberal after liberal.


42 posted on 10/20/2013 8:02:59 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: Theodore R.

And that’s the failure of the church to be faithful to the Bible and to preach the gospel without compromise.


43 posted on 10/20/2013 8:05:48 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Theodore R.
The American people don’t believe they will stand before God in the final judgment; see themselves as “the elect”.

"a God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross."

--H Richard Neibuhr, “The Kingdom of God in America”, 1937

Note the date.

44 posted on 10/20/2013 8:17:45 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Oh, Ann Coulter is rather chummy with the log cabin republicans, and some on here think she's a saint.

Let's not forget the pro-homo 2012 candidate the GOPe put up.

45 posted on 10/20/2013 8:31:14 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: markomalley

Businesses should be free to hire whoever they want. If that means a business won’t hire me because I’m heterosexual, so be it. I’ll just go find another place to work.

I don’t really understand why the homosexuals have to be so anti-liberty. If they truly want tolerance, then they’ve got to be tolerant in return. Otherwise, this is going to turn into another Roe v. Wade like ruling where government simply strong arms people into hiring homosexuals.

The problem with rulings like Roe v. Wade is simply. They do grave injury to our civil society. In simple terms, two wrongs don’t make a right. I suppose you could also say it’s impossible to right a perceived injustice with another injustice (taking away the right of people to not hire someone they believe is morally corrupt for example).

The US Constitution says I have the freedom of association. That’s another right that was wrongly tossed out during the civil rights era. It’s one thing to say government cannot discriminate. It’s totally different (and blatantly unconstitutional) to say a privately owned business can’t hire or not hire whoever it wants.


46 posted on 10/20/2013 9:10:43 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Conservatives are not anarchists!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That gay bishop is a heretic. I hope for his sake he repents while he still has time, because the Bible is absolutely clear. Homosexual offenders, i.e. those who haven’t had their sin of homosexuality cleansed by the blood of Christ, will not see Heaven. The temptation itself is not sin. Acting or wishing to act on that temptation is.

Vicky Gene Robinson goes beyond the sin of homosexuality. He actually calls evil good and probably inspires other homosexuals to die in their sins (by saying homosexuality isn’t evil). In other words, he’s a teacher who leads others into grave sin, and Christ had special warnings for teachers like that.


47 posted on 10/20/2013 9:16:33 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Conservatives are not anarchists!)
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To: markomalley

Somehow the “middle” is now radical left-socialism


48 posted on 10/20/2013 9:21:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I think Glenn Beck already “evolved”


49 posted on 10/20/2013 9:22:15 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: publius911

publius911: “Moving toward the middle is exactly what the GOPe must do to survive!”

LOL. Good one, and true. The GOPe is definitely center left on the scale of government. On one end you have statist ideologies like communism and fascism. On the other end you have small or no government ideologies like conservatism, libertarianism, and anarchy.

I don’t believe the GOPe has ever moved toward smaller government in my lifetime. They are reliable votes for expanding government control over the people, so that puts them left of middle as you noted.

I find one aspect of the Obama administration to be refreshing. The left has come out of the closet so to speak as the totalitarians they are. Not only that, but the GOPe also revealed itself as a party of big government. We know we have enemies in our midst, and that’s a key step toward defeating them.


50 posted on 10/20/2013 9:23:17 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Conservatives are not anarchists!)
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